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Declan O Rourke returns to DeBarra’s for a very special show this March.

Things people said:

Paul Weller singer-songwriter : “He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.”

Tara Richardson Manager, Snow Patrol : “Declan’s excellence as a songwriter and musician lies in his abilities to convey such meaningful lyrics with some of the most original and enchanting melodies.”

Paul Brady Irish singer-songwriter : “A most talented singer-songwriter […] possessing a rich, soulful, musical voice and a brilliant instrumental ability.”

Maura O’Connell Grammy-Award nominated singer “He is a phenomenal writer, singer, musician and entertainer. I can’t do justice to his talent in words. I don’t say that very often, but in this case it is true.”

Edith Bowman BBC Radio : “There is something so simple but overwhelmingly power (sic) about the melodies and emotive storytelling. [Since Kyabram] is an album I will listen to for the rest of my life and will probably never tire of.”

Brendan Graham songwriter (“You Raise Me Up”) : “To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.”

John Prine singer-songwriter : “Declan O’ Rourke is a great songwriter. He is a fine fellow too and I believe the missing link to the Inkspots.”

Glen Hansard Oscar-winning singer-songwriter : “Declan O’Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He’s a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island.”

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